7476 American Blvd/ La Resistance: 1/27/17

7476 American Blvd.

 

Every morning they have a grand opening,

all wares are out and specials strain the shelves.

 

Banners hang from corner to corner,

small plastic flags dangle like colorful teeth.

 

Each customer finds themselves twice as rich,

everything sliding off at a rate of two for one.

 

One night there will be a going out of business sale,

where even the registers can be bought.


La Resistance: 1/27/17

 

It all starts with insanity on Friday,

First beating back the overhang and hangover

Of pangs left behind

From when sore feet trampled sore winners

While wearing pink hats on the mall,

And then taking the battle against the basket

Of deplorable acts to the airports,

This will be the custom at customs, I assume

For the next several years,

But others will have to advance

In their own direction against a new breach,

What next? Where to go?

What will be the next great big wave to push

Back away from the shore?

They called us social justice warriors

To mock us for our fights online,

But they will long for the days we sat

And fought over words,

Now we are in the streets and tarmacs chanting,

Organizing, and blocking

The antiquated agenda that they hold dear


Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Inwood Indiana, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He blogs at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish a novel.